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ArtSpotlight

Mickey Carroll
Composer and Performer

First Lady of Florida, Columba Bush, Mickey Carroll, and former Secretary of State, Glenda Hood.

Born in Philadelphia, Mickey was part of the Doo Wop movement in the fifty's with Billy and Mickey's regional hit entitled “You Are.” In the late fifty's Mickey’s family moved to Florida where Mickey continued to mature in the music business performing in night clubs and concerts while continuing to ork on original compositions.

 

While performing in a night club in Miami, Mickey was discovered by Don Cornelius, founder of the famed TV show, Soul Train. Aboard the “Magnifico,” Mickey did the first album recorded at sea for RCA Records and produced by Bob Johnston for Don Cornelius and Dick Griffey - "Mickey arroll." Mickey’s second album, "Love Life" on Coconut Grove Records brought him a NARAS Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1979.

 

As a composer Mickey is a RIAA Gold Record recipient for the album title cut and single "Love Is Where You Find It" recorded by The Whispers on Solar Records, #1 Billboard R&B Charts, 1982
rereleased on Night Jams, 1992 and Love For Love, 2003.

 

In 1980 while performing for PACE ( Performing Arts For Community And Education ) entertaining veterans,the elderly and Special Olympics, Mickey learned there was a new power regarding music. It could nurture the sick and elderly and lift the sprits of those with special needs.

 

In 1997 Mickey formed a company called, Mother J Productions. His company produced numerous events in the city of Mount Dora and Winter Park. Because of Mickey's overall concern for young people, families, community and those with special needs, he wrote a show entitled “A House Of Love."

 

Dealing with prevalent world issues,"A House of Love" is an upbeat musical performance of original jazz and blues. His songs address families, environmental issues, cultural diversity and patriotism.
The show features Orlando's premier jazz and blues vocalist, Jacqueline Jones and is backed by renowned musicians including, Bass Player magazine's acclaimed, Jeff Carswell.

 

Mother J Productions received two arts and humanities awards from the state of Florida. The first award was given to Mother J Productions for involving the community in producing the musical “A House Of Love." The second award was received for the “Unity In The Community” archway constructed in Gilbert Park in Mount Dora Florida which consists of seven hundred and fifty hand painted tiles created by children and families inspired by songs from “A House of Love." The award was presented at the ACE/FAAE Summit (Arts For Community And Education) by the First Lady of Florida, Columba Bush, and former Secretary of State, Glenda Hood.

 

Mickey has written for:

 

  • The Whispers , ”Love is Where You Find It “, title cut #1 R&B album,Billboard charts 1982

  • Soul Train Gang, “I Could Do This All Night” Arranged by Steve Wonder

  • Dion, “Healing”, nominated for a Dove Award album title I Put Away My Idols

  • John Mayhal, “Dreamboat” album title Bottom Line DJM Records 1979

  • Steve Alaimo ,”Miss Liberty” album title Steve Alaimo RCA Book Store Records Canada

 

The next Mother J Production will be performed at the Community Theater Building 5th and Baker downtown Mount Dora March 2 2007 7:30 till 9:00.

 

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